self-help


self-help
n.
Handling some matter that could involve legal authorities without using the normal legal process, such as taking possession of collateral when a debtor defaults or evicting a tenant for nonpayment of rent without involving the police.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


self-help
Obtaining relief or enforcing one's rights outside of the normal legal process. Examples include repossessing a car when payments have not been made, retrieving borrowed or stolen goods, demanding and receiving payment, or abating a nuisance (such as digging a ditch to divert flooding from someone else's property). Self-help is legal as long as it does not "break the public peace" or violate some other law (although brief trespass is common).
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


self-help
n. A person's attempt to remedy a wrong perceived done to him by that person's own actions, rather than through the legal system. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, a creditor may take possession of a debtor's collateral upon default, if it can be done without breaching the peace.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


self-help
Redressing or preventing wrongs by one's own action without recourse to legal proceedings.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


self-help
Redressing or preventing wrongs by one's own action without recourse to legal proceedings.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

self-help
n.
   1) obtaining relief or enforcing one's rights without resorting to legal action, such as repossessing a car when payments have not been made, retrieving borrowed or stolen goods, demanding and receiving payment or abating a nuisance (such as digging a ditch to divert flooding from another's property). Self-help is legal as long as it does not "break the public peace" or violate some other law (although brief trespass is common).
   2) the maximizing of one's opportunities.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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